Why Michelle Obama's Betting Odds are on the Move

Former US first lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Michelle Obama’s odds to win the 2020 Democratic nomination moved significantly in recent weeks. How involved will she be in the 2020 US Presidential Election? Will she make a late run?

The Democratic nomination betting odds for Michelle Obama at Bovada went from +6500 on April 15th to +3300 at the time of this writing. We go over possible reasons why this line moved.

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Michelle Obama’s Netflix Documentary Improved Her Popularity

Michelle Obama left the White House in 2017 and she had a successful speaking tour all over the nation to promote Becoming, her best-selling memoir. Netflix filmed this and produced an intimate documentary, also named Becoming.

The documentary was released worldwide on May 6th. It has a runtime of 90 minutes. Filmmaker Nadia Hallgren directed it.

Mrs. Obama, a rockstar political advocate in her own right, sold out entire stadiums during her book tour. This is what she tweeted about her documentary:

“This movie tells my story, from my childhood on the South Side of Chicago to my life today—and it celebrates the powerful stories of the people I met along the way.”

Netflix describes the documentary like this: “Becoming is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House.

The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.”

The highly-anticipated documentary didn’t disappoint. Documentaries like this or ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ during these times helps us all find a will to keep going.

Michelle Obama’s memoir sold over 11 million copies. It was highly-acclaimed to the point that it had to be translated into more than 20 languages. As for the documentary, it is inspiring, full of valuable lessons in leadership and life. I highly recommend it.

Michelle Obama is Currently Working on Increasing Voter Participation

Obama is working with 31 mayors on increasing voter participation through her nonpartisan organization.

Her “When We All Vote” initiative recently announced that the mayors joined the efforts to boost voter turnout in cities across the country. The initiative was founded before the 2018 midterms.

“The ability to vote freely, fairly—and safely—is bigger than any single issue, party, or candidate. I’m so grateful that this bipartisan group of #CivicCities mayors are joining up with @WhenWeAllVote to make voting more accessible. This work couldn’t be more important,” Obama tweeted.

The former US First Lady has done other voter outreach this year but this is the first involving the presidential election.

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama meets Vietnamese students in Can Giuoc district. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Betting Analysis

All the attention that Michelle Obama is getting helped create a buzz around her. Her prominence is happening just as Biden faces sex attack allegations from Tara Reade.

BetOnline has Michelle Obama at +12500 to win the 2020 US Presidential Election. I want to make a small bet for fun. I have to warn you that there’s just one issue. Obama’s aides recently told The Washington Post that she is staying out of the political world. Only time will tell if she changes her mind!